Thank you to everyone who donated to the Backpack Program in 2022.

Thanks to your support and local love, More than 1,400 backpacks were donated to kids to help them start the school year.

Check back for updates on the 2023 Backpack Program donation drive.

What supplies are most needed?

Backpacks, lunch bags, pens, pencils, rulers, math sets, markers, crayons, scientific calculators, pencil cases – these supplies are always needed.
If possible, gender neutral colours encouraged and labels indicating grade on dropped off supplies – this will make sorting and distribution easier. Thank you!

JK to Grade 4

Backpack (small for JK-Gr.2), Coloured Pencils Eraser, Fine Line Markers, Lunch Bag, Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Ruler ,Water Bottle

Grade 5-6

Backpack, Calculator (Basic), Coloured Pencils, Eraser, Fine Line Markers, Lunch Bag, Math Set, Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Pens (6), Water Bottle

Grade 7+

Backpack, Binder (1), Calculator (Scientific) Coloured Pencils, Eraser, Fine Line Markers Lined Paper (1 pk), Lunchbag, Math Set Pencil Case, Pencils (5), Pens (6), Water Bottle

About the Backpack Program

Organized by the United Way KFL&A, working closely with agencies and businesses, the program ensures that families with children have all they need for another successful school year. In 2022:

  • 1,400+ children and youth in KFL&A started the school year with school supplies and backpacks 
  • 6,000+ school supplies given to agencies for kids. Binders, notebooks,pencils, pens, rulers, highlighters, crayons,calculators and more!

Agency Partners

Addiction & Mental Health Services – KFL&A
Elizabeth Fry Society
Family & Children Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington
Food Sharing Project
Home Base Housing – Lily’s Place Family Shelter, One Roof Youth Services, RISE@one4nine
Pathways to Education
KEYS Job Centre – Refugee Children and Youth Enhanced Integration Program
Kingston Interval House – Emergency Shelter and Robin’s Hope Transitional Housing
Kingston Youth Shelter – Shelter & Transitional Homes
Maltby Centre
Partners In Mission Food Bank
Rural Frontenac Community Services
Salvation Army, Napanee
Southern Frontenac Community Services
Youth Diversion Program

Individuals looking for supplies are asked to register with one of the agencies above or contact their school principal or board office (Note: this only applies for Limestone District School Board and Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board students).

Corporate Sponsors

“For kids who struggle in life, you want to do whatever little thing you can to help them. And it might be as easy as a backpack of school supplies. It might be as easy as a lunchbox. It allows students to associate a fresh start with the new school year.”